“The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security,” he wrote.In a pair of tweets, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Biden and Harris.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo were also among those to congratulate Harris on her historic achievement.In a statement, Merkel added, “Congratulations! The American citizens have made their decision,” Merkel said in a statement. “I am looking forward to working with President Biden in the future. Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we want to master the great challenges of our time.”Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote, “Our two countries are close friends, partners, and allies. We share a relationship that’s unique on the world stage. I’m really looking forward to working together and building on that with you both.”In a statement, the Canadian leader said he would work with the United States to “advance peace and inclusion, economic prosperity, and climate action around the world”. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg congratulated Biden, calling him a “strong supporter of NATO and the transatlantic relationship.“US leadership is as important as ever in an unpredictable world, and I look forward to working very closely with President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and the new administration to further strengthen the bond between North America and Europe,” he said.“A strong NATO is good for North America and good for Europe.”European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she “warmly” congratulated Biden in a statement on Twitter and said, “The European Commission stands ready to intensify cooperation with the new Administration and the new Congress to address pressing challenges we face.”French President Emmanuel Macron wrote in a tweet: “The Americans have chosen their President. We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!”And in Paris, the city’s mayor reacted on Twitter by writing “Welcome back America!”“While we are about to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement, this victory symbolizes our need to act together more than ever, in view of climate emergency,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo wrote.From the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan congratulated Biden and Harris on Saturday via tweet.“Congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on winning the U.S. elections. Our sincere wishes for further development and prosperity for the American people. The UAE and USA are friends and allies with a strong historic partnership that we look forward to strengthening together,” the Crown Prince wrote.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also congratulated America’s newest administration and wrote on Twitter, “Our friendship becomes only stronger!”Mark Rutte, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, congratulated America’s next leaders and said he hopes to speak to president-elect Biden soon.“On behalf of the Dutch cabinet I would like to congratulate with their election victory after a close race,” Rutte added on Twitter.President of the Swiss Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga tweeted a picture of Biden and Harris and wrote in English, German and French her congratulations.“This is a strong signal,” Sommaruga wrote, adding that the Swiss and U.S. relationship will “continue to develop and thrive under the new administration.”CNBC’s Lauren Feiner contributed to this report. Modi said of Harris, who is the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father, that her “success is pathbreaking.” He also added that her success was of immense pride for all Indian-Americans.“I am confident that the vibrant India-US ties will get even stronger with your support and leadership,” Modi wrote.- Advertisement – WASHINGTON — Leaders from around the world congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Saturday.U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted his congratulations, calling Harris’ accomplishment of becoming the first woman and person of color elected to the vice presidency a “historic achievement.”- Advertisement –
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ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth High School swimmer Talor Hamilton broke his own 100-yard backstroke team record at Saturday’s home meet against Washington Academy.Hamilton, a senior, won the race with a time of 51.79 seconds, breaking the 52.26-second record he set in 2015.In Ellsworth’s last home meet of the season, the Eagle boys and girls swept WA. The Ellsworth boys won with a score of 127-22, and the Ellsworth girls won 111-33.Ellsworth senior Talor Hamilton adjusts his goggles at his last home meet of his high school career on Saturday against Washington Academy.PHOTO BY KAREN BARONThe team also celebrated Senior Night by recognizing seniors Hamilton, Cooper Holmes, Zack McGraw, Katie Walton, Jessica Cohen and Sarah Eaton.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn addition to the boys’ 100-yard backstroke, Ellsworth swimmers won the following events:Girls’ 200-yard medley relay: Leah Stevens, Sidney Hamilton, Katie Hammer and Ellie Clarke in 1:07.32.Boys’ 200-yard medley relay: Talor Hamilton, Cooper Holmes, Richie Matthews and Camden Holmes in 1:42.60.Girls’ 200-yard freestyle: Ellie Clarke in 1:15.61.Boys’ 200-yard freestyle: Beckett Markosian in 2:06.94.Girls’ 200-yard individual medley: Sidney Hamilton in 2:32.15.Boys’ 200-yard individual medley: Sam Pelletier in 2:14.41.Girls’ 50-yard freestyle: Katie Hammer in 29.05.Boys’ 50-yard freestyle: Cooper Holmes in 23.18.Girls’ 100-yard butterfly: Ava Emery in 1:08.00.Boys’ 100-yard butterfly: Talor Hamilton in 51.96.Girls’ 100-yard freestyle: Leah Stevens in 1:07.53.Boys’ 100-yard freestyle: Sam Alvarado in 52.77.Girls’ 500-yard freestyle: Katie Walton in 6:50.30.Boys’ 500-yard freestyle: Camden Holmes in 5:34.29.Girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay: Kiana Wilbur-Maddocks, Sidney Hamilton, Miriam Nelson and Ellie Clarke in 1:54.60.Boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay: Austin Baron, Richie Matthews, Hayden Sattler and Sam Alvarado in 1:40.29.Girls’ 100-yard backstroke: Lean Stevens in 1:14.75.Girls’ 100-yard breaststroke: Sidney Hamilton in 1:18.19.Boys’ 100-yard breaststroke: Hayden Sattler in 1:05.03.Girls’ 400-yard relay: Arianna Peterson, Katie Walton, Leah Stevens and Miriam Nelson in 4:41.70.Boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay: Sam Alvarado, Camden Holmes, Cooper Holmes and Talor Hamilton in 3:44.70.Ellsworth will compete next this weekend in the Penobscot Valley Conference championship. The boys will compete Friday at Husson University, and the girls will compete Saturday at the University of Maine-Orono.